Contender fight was a mismatch

April 10, 2017
Canada's Winston Matthews (left) and Jamaica's Sakima Mullings met in the first bout of the Contender 2017 series.

Wray and Nephew Contender Junior Middleweight favourite Sakima Mullings said his latest fight against Winston Matthews was a mismatch.

Mullings, who won the competition in 2014 as a Welterweight, won the opening bout of the contest last Wednesday against the Canadian, in a unanimous judges' decision after five rounds

All three judges scored Mullings winning four of the five rounds and the boxer said that he felt he should be facing better opponents than Matthews.


Very durable


"Honestly, me having 22 fights under my belt, it's definitely a mismatch. I shouldn't be fighting a guy with only three fights. But (Matthews) is a tough guy, he's very durable. I think that I caught him with some clean shots and he stood up to them."

Meanwhile, Mullings has admitted he has been having trouble adjusting to his new weight.

"I wouldn't call myself faded but it's a learning process and it's an adjustment process," he said.

"It's a new weight class for me. I'm fighting bigger, stronger guys, so I'll go back, listen to my team, look at the tape and we'll work on certain things and move forward from here. There's always room for improvement."

He said that although he was not worried about losing to Matthews, he is happy to have walked away without any injuries after advancing to round two, and now he is going into what he calls "down time" until it gets started.

"We're coming off three months of work," Mullings said. "So we're gonna rest, recover and for the next match, we're gonna watch a couple of the fights and then we'll start training and getting fit. When we find out who we're (he and his team) gonna fight, we'll work on a game plan for them."

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